For the past few years, the Otago Polytechnic School of Art has hosted Art + (Science, Money, Law, to name just a few) symposia to consider connections between art and other disciplines. This year’s coincided with the Otago Arts Festival and the annual University of Otago Centre for the Book symposium, a day during which a number of bookish individuals talk about research, passions and discoveries. Just like the CTANZ symposium, except about books.
Unsurprisingly, there is some overlap between book arts and textile arts, and this year’s programme included a talk by Bronwyn Lloyd of Pania Press. Bronwyn and her husband and co-publisher, Jack Ross, both have areas of practice that draw on fashion and textile craft. Jack, for instance, as a poet, has been inspired by the couple’s fondness for Project Runway, while the production of their books frequently includes textile elements. Check out the blog, it’s delightful.
At the symposium, Bronwyn talked about their next project, First Fall, about to be launched in Auckland. First Fall is about Victorian fallen women, and one of the design features is a foundling token. Bronwyn’s retelling of this story at the symposium caused a few sniffles and the post at her craft blog includes links to interesting further reading.
If you’d like to know more about First Fall and the launch, contact Bronwyn via Pania Press. The Press’s productions are small scale, limited edition, and very much labours of love.